By: Lee Ramsey
The season is looking much brighter for the Seymour Lady Eagles soccer team. After starting 1 and 6, Seymour has won 5 straight games and against some tough competition. Their record has improved to 6 and 6.
Most recently they shut out Sweetwater 4-0 in a rain soaked game that was also delayed because of lightning.
The Lady Eagles were coming off two big wins over Alcoa 3-1 and in an IMAC game; they shut out Jefferson County 2-0.
That’s not bad defense when a team only has one goal scored on it in three games.
During those three games, the goal keeping duties were shared by Kelsey Hurst and Nikki Wiesmann.
When asked what he attributed to his teams recent success, Lady Eagle coach Drew Payne said, “We’re playing with more confidence. We’re keeping our emotions at an even keel and were healthy.”
In the Sweetwater game, sophomore Courtney Dyer scored the first goal assisted by Kirstie Bridges.
The second goal was scored by Kelsey Hurst who normally plays goal keeper.
Goal number three was scored by Lauren Aucoin assisted by Dyer.
The fourth and final goal was scored by Sarah Brewer assisted by Bridges.
In the Alcoa game, the Lady Eagles were led by Dyer again as she scored two goals with one unassisted and the other assisted by Aucoin.
The Lady Eagles led at the half 2-0.
In the second half, the only goal for Seymour was scored by Alcoa which is credited to ‘own’ as they scored the goal for Seymour. After Alcoa added a point for them the final was 3-1 Lady Eagles.
In the other game, Seymour shut out Jefferson County 2-0.
Brewer scored both goals. The first goal was assisted by Bridges at the 15 minutes mark and the second goal was on a free kick in the last minute of the game giving the Lady Eagles an IMAC win.
“We’re playing much better,” said Payne. “We have strong senior leadership on this team. Captain Lauren Aucoin, Kelsey Hurst and Sara Dean who is recovering from knee surgery as well as the entire senior unit have provided outstanding leadership.
“We may not be the most talented team in Seymour history but we have some very athletic girls. They have stuck together and bought into the system even when we were 1 and 6. We’re starting to jell but we have some very tough games in front of us.”
Next up for the Lady Eagle soccer team will be Cocke County at home and Anderson County away.
Lady Eagles Soccer on a Roll
By: Lee Ramsey